Lectors for Pentecost Sunday probably do a little more practice than usual so that they won’t trip over the names of the cities and provinces listed by Luke in Acts 2. Those names belong to the Jewish diaspora—from Rome in the West to Arabia in the East, with points both north (Pontus) and south (Libya). Traditional commentators like to contrast that geographical list with the Genesis account of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11), since in Acts there is universal...
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